until next time, woj an waj andl see you online. sna >> 100 million indians go to the polls on one of the biggest days of the world said biggest election. >> hello. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. the united nations prepared to vote on a peacekeeping mission to the central african republic as violence leaves 30 dead. >> back in court the trial resumes of three al jazeera journalists held in prison for 103 days. >> and the power of the sun.
ambitious plans to fly a solar plane nonstop around the world. >> hello there, thank you for joining us. it's the biggest election on the planet. over 800 million people are eligible to vote. the process of choosing a new government for india will take over a month. let take a detailed look at what is a ma'am oath undertake -- ma'am ath undertaking. the vote is held in nine phases from april 7th to may 12th. nearly a million polling stations will be ready to receive more than 800 million registered voters. they'll elect members of parliament into the 537 lower seat. 277 seats are needed for an outright majority. no party is expected to receive it.
>> >> let's go live to new delhi. the numbers are astounding as you expect from the world's biggest democracy. what is at stake in the leb elections? >> a great deal is at stake in reputatio reputations. you have 14 states and union territories going to the polls. 100 million people estimated to hit the ballot boxes at various polling stations around the country. i am in one suburb in south delhi. there are seven seats in the union territory of delhi that will be fought over. in the 2009 election, the whole of delhi went over to the congress party. they'll face a tough fight. in the state elections, a few months ago in december. there was a resurgence of a new party called the arm ahty party,
who are fighting corruption. they did well in the state regs and are hoping to make their mark in the national legislations. >> it looks like no party will win a majority. the bartering will start soon after the results come in, after who forms alliances with whom. >> yes, that is a continuing question as not just the campaign, but the voting continues. we will not know the voting until may the 16th, when all the machines will be looked at, and, of course, the votes counted in the various constituents, and there's over 500 of them. >> egypt has not seen a majority led government when gandhi swept to power after the assassination of his mother. since then we have seen
coalition after coalition. the last 10 years has been a stable coalition, held by the congress party who held a large number of seats in parliament. we look at a party gaining 150 to 200 seats that could form a leading coalition. you need 272 to get a majority in the indian parliament. analysts don't think that will happen. we'll wait and see which party wins the largest number of seats, and whether they are invited by the president to form the next government of india. >> thank you. >> well, now let's go to a leading industrial and financial center. fez, 814 million have been eligible to vote. you have been speaking to individual voters. tell us what they've been telling you about what is important in these elections. >> well, here in high tech city,
i say high tech because everything is very modern, it's been built up in the last 15-20 years. people are focussing on the economy. this is the biggest thing pt the biggest beneficiaries of having a liberalized economy. it's one of the most important factors. i'm joined by a resident. tell me, what are the biggest issues for voters here. >> issues like infrastructure, and issues like infrastructure, power and water. so these are the main issues, challenges. >> now, speaking to other people, your neighbours, friends, what are their perspectives. what do they think about the election. government. do they think there needs to be a change? >> who so far, they are looking
forward for a government which is stable, provide security, safety to the people, to the residents and opportunities. i mean, all social issues, et cetera. so the main motto in this election, for the people, is to find out somebody who can provide a stable government. >> stable government and better economics. >> absolutely. if we have stable government. the economics will follow, your money will flow in the country, and there'll be more job opportunities, lifestyle will improve. all the issues, i hope. >> thank you very much. and now the other issue, as was mentioned is no deposit has had for decades a majority, but they are looking for table coalitions and so are voters. a few kilometres away we have
rural areas which are full of villages. they have been beneficiaries of having a prosperous economy. no matter if you are in a si or village, the economy is a priority. >> thank you. >> a car bomb has exploded outside greece's central bank in the capital athens. the blast happened before dawn, a few blocks away from the greek parliament. no one was injured, but surrounding vehicles were damaged. one of n.a.t.o.'s senior military commandersize u.s. troops could be sent to europe if they feel threatened. pictures from a satellite show russian soldiers massing on the borders of ukraine. images, which we can't verify
shows russian airplanes and helicopters. >> the u.n. is preparing to vote on whether to authorise a peacekeeping mission to the central african republic. thousands of african and french troops have been struggling to contain violence. on tuesday, 30 were killed in the central town area. >> the u.s. is one of the countries pushing for more troops. the u.n. ambassador it visiting car. >> we need to redouble our efforts. this adds more urgency to the task. >> kenya has deported more than 80 somalis as part of its ongoing security crackdown. hundreds of others are being held in custody under anti-terrorism laws. this report from nairobi. >> these women do not know what will happen to them. they were arrested for being in
kenya without proper documents. >> after a number of attacks in nairobi, the government ordered all rev guess to be moved to designated -- refugees to be moved to designated screen. first they are screened to make sure they are not kenyan born and have a right to stay. >> we have deported 82 somali citizens, and we are glad to say they were escorted by the ambassador of somali to kenya, was part of the team that escorted the alien to their country. we have also released individuals with appropriate documents, and those who have refugee documents are taken to the refugee camps. >> the u.n.'s refugee agency says it's concerned about the arrest, but is making sure the deportation process is handled correctly. >> we are in a position of making sure no one with refugee
identification was deported. we informed colleagues in mogadishu, because they were to be sent to somalia, to make sure they could follow those cases and other cases in the future. >> in the last 24 hours police officials say nearly 500 people have been arrested. the raids are mainly happening in the east. a somali neighbourhood. >> the police are moving house to house, going door to door, looking for illegal immigrants and rev guess. when they -- refugees. when they get to a house they ask to see a passport or id. if you can't produce it, they arrest you, and you are only released if you can prove you have a right to stay. >> some somalis believe the community is blamed for the actions of a few. >> the kenyan government says they will continue to protect the people from what it calls
terrorists. >> syrian state tv says 25 people have been killed by two car bombs in the syrian city of homs. the bombs went off on a busy street, half an hour apart, happening in an alawite neighbour hood. >> this is a group associated with support for president bashar al-assad. >> two oil terminals captured by libyan fighters have been handed back to the army. a deal was reached with rebels to lift the oil blockade of terminals. two other ports will be returned. they were seized as demonstrates for autonomy and a share of oil revenues. >> the trial of three al jazeera journalists is due to condition on thursday. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and mohammed badr has been detained for 101 days, a
fourth journal history, abdullah al-shami, has been detained since last august. >> al jazeera journalists, peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and mohammed badr have spent more than 100 days in an egyptian gaol, and are due to appear in a cairo court. the egyptian authorities accused them of spreading false news and providing a platform to the outlawed muslim brotherhood. it's been designated a terrorist organization. al jazeera rejects all charges against its journalist and calls for their release. mohamed fadel fahmy's brother says he's innocent. >> by brother is a professional award-winning journalist. he's not associated to any group. seeing my brother in this situation is the worst feeling. >> the trial has been contexted by journalist around the world and human rights organization. on tuesday, one minute's silence
was observed. the director of bbc:. >> we are all journalists, journalist is not a crime, and i don't think the al jazeera journalists were doing anything wrong. >> 17 other journalists are being tried in their absence. abdullah al-shami has been gaoled without trial since last august. he's been on a hunger strike for several months. >> more to come on al jazeera, including will the threat of u.s. sanctions help to end violence in sudan. plus, the british government has started controversial training for civil servants, about how to identify what it calls potential terrorists.
>> time for a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. in india the third phase of voting is underway. more than 100 million are eligible to vote on thursday for 91 parliamentary seats. the u.n. is preparing to vote on whether to send the peace-keeping mission to the troubled central african republic. 30 were killed there on wednesday. >> and the trial of three al jazeera journalists in egypt continues on thursday. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy, and mohammed badr, have been detained for 103 days. a fourth journalist, abdullah al-shami, of al jazeera's arabic
channel has been detained without trial since last august. >> now back to the top story, the elections in india. son-in-law media sites are a new battle ground in the country. we have this report. >> outside the common man party's office the mood is relaxed and jovial. inside a group of tech-savvy volunteers are using this message as a war cry. they post up to 100 messages on the twitter feed and updates its social media page about 15 times a day. >> the number of people on social media, even if it's as little as half of them. it will be a huge shift in the voting scenario. >> in india rallies have been an
important way for politicians to reach out to the masses. >> now with around 200 million indians logging on to the internet, many interacting on social media platforms, the time between when a politician says something, and when people find out has been reduced. now voters can track what is happening at a political headquarters or what a politician is doing on a campaign trail with the click of a button. >> a 23-year-old engineering student is taking this online engagement one step further. she and more than 200 others are logged onto a virtual discussion with the chief minister of her home state. >> if i go and work tomorrow, there's a sense at the back of my mind, something in my mind that, yes, this is how i spoke, this is what step i have taken in my past.
if i'm going to work. >> with less than a quarter connected to the internet, social media is still important. >> they don't rely on any one form of media. >> from a tiny room in the indian capital. this team is connecting with millions of voters. parked at the front door of the office, a sign that politics in india is driven by posters and plak arts. >> makeshift evacuation centres in the solomon islands are not coping with the thousands left homeless. 21 people have been killed. andrew thomas has been speaking
to survivors in the capital. >> what was a school is now a squalid camp for almost 2,000 people. at night there are 40 in each classroom. some try to sleep during the day. most have lost their homes, some members of the family. >> this man's youngest son was washed away. he was found in the morgue, two days after the flood. >> when i saw my son, i don't know what to say. it's something in my family. i lost everything, i lost my house, all my belongings, and each my son. >> there were more tears from
where hudson's house stood. he was working when he had a call from his wife. me was marooned in a torr ent. >> hudson got to the other side. virtually it was all under water. in the tree was his wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and one of his other children. >> for seven hours they clung on before sweeping. hudson's wife and 8-year-old son made it. 5-year-old rex wasn't. his body washed ashore by the sea. >> this place is not really good on this flood tags everything we own. >> honiara flooded before. thursday was like a tsunami,
ripping up trees and flattening everything in its path. >> at hon yoiara sem et tri they were digging graves. >> the u.s. government has threatened sudanese leaders and the rebels with sanctions if they do not lay down their arms. washington has spent millions in support of people displaced by the violence. >> rosalind jordan reports. >> not even three years after south sudan celebrated its independence the country is facing a humanitarian crisis. since december, more than a million women, men and children fled their homes for the u.n. compounds or neighbouring counties. united nations released millions to pat for food and -- pay for food and emergency shelter. experts are worried it's not enough. >> if assistance can't reach the people, you are looking at
3 million plus people teetering on the brink of famine. >> political infighting and forces loyal to riek machar, turned violent in december. ,000 aned have been killed in the fighting. the u.n. is accusing both sides of committing atrocities. even they they signed a ceasefire agreement in january, neither side laid down their weapons. the challenge is to keep the two sides from abandoning peace talks. >> there has been a break for a few weeks while zanedas are agreed pon - hotel rooms and so forth. really, there's not - there's a lock of urgency among both sides in the conflict. u.s. officials spotted political tensions early on. >> after giving south sudan 400 million in aid since
independence, the obama administration is furious that civil war has broken out. >> last week the president issued an executive order threatening both sides with sanctions if they don't stop fighting and make piece. a south sudanese official said wednesday that's easier said than done. >> what we need most is the support. not just punishing us. >> even so, they should expect to see the same message on thursday. that the u.s. didn't vest so much funny and trest eej to watch south sudan and its people turn on each other for nothing. >> a counterterrorism program in the u.k. is sparking debate among the muslim community. the protect program was introduced by the british government after the london bombings in 2005. we have this report from
birmingham. >> birmingham is home to one of the britain's largest muslim populations. it's communities like that where counterterrorism projects are being put. programs like this, after school, engaging the community. >> the main aim is to steer kids away from the possibility of being radicalized. >> the british government says it's prevent program is designed to stop people becoming terrorists. many british muslims in communities like this one say it's nothing more than a surveillance program in which they are being unfairly targeted. recently they started offering mandatory training. on how to identify extremists and report them to authorities.
it's policies like this that cause the public to lose trust. a nurse from the national health service talked to al jazeera, on condition that we disguise her voice. >> we were told to look up the characteristics of someone that may be vulnerable to radicalizition. al jazeera obtained copies, listing symptoms that should be looked out for. >> offering the training, it's almost as if we are becoming government reporters. >> i asked the head of the prevent training police force about the training to the nhs staff. >> if there are health professionals with concerns that the people they are dealing with is involved in extreme activities, absolutely, it's about them raising the concerns. >> for media consultant who
offered a critical report, it is not make the the u.k. safer. >> ironically they may radicalize more people through prevent than preventing it. if you are going through each stage of life, through the prevent policy, and you believe you are being spied on, then eventually you have no loyalty to that state. >> a candle lit vigil has been held for the victims of a stabbing in pennsylvania. 20 students and the security guard were stabbed or slashed at a high school. is 16-year-old pupil has been charged with carrying out the attack. >> a plane that can stay in the air indefinitely has been unveiled in switzerland. it's fuelled by solar power, and the team that created it have their eyes set on making it the
first of its kind to fly around the world. i guess it will have to follow the sun. >> even if you have no interest in planes, you have to admit this is impressive. solar impulse set a record when it flew across the united states. not the first plane to do that, of course, but definitely the first to do it without a single drop of fuel in its tanks. in fact, all that plane needed was this - sunlight. perhaps the most natural form of fuel, enough to power solar batteries and keep it in the air. that trip was deemed such a success that in switzerland, where it began, they made a sequel. here it is, premiered on wednesday. the night not so imaginative, solar impulse, is nearly solar impulse ii. the ambitions are. the wing span the same as a boeing 747. it's a huge craft, covered in
17,000 solar cells, yet weighing 1.5 tonnes. the plan is to fly this around the world and do it in less than a year's time. >> you can fly the day, all you need is the altitude of the airliners, fill up the batteries, you could land and give the energy to the grid or at home or for the car. >> the pilot needs to be comfortable with their own company. there's barely any room to stretch or fit another in. there'll be no heating, no pressurized cabin, this is a feat of endurance in a machine favouring aerodynamics comfort. >> the aeroplane is so big, flying with only one matter. the technical prize that we have to pay. thanks to this the plane can fly forever. >> this plane's journey begins in a few weeks, with test flights over switzerland, the
big trip is expected to take 20 days all in all. solar planes may never be adopted commercially. the pilots, sponsors, airlines are waiting to see if this takes off. >> a reminder you can get more on that and other stores on the website. means for you is the inside story. hello, i'm libby casey. millions of dollars are going to a handful of doctors. do they deserve it for treating america's elderly, or are they gaming the medal care system? the release of doctors' payments